Sunday 27 September

During a week when the Support for Jobs scheme pushed the descriptors ‘viable’ and ‘non-viable’ to the fore, with robust debates about how ‘viable’ jobs should be defined, using the terms in other contexts has been too tempting for some to resist. John Crace has written about ‘our semi-viable leader’, whose position is looking increasinglyContinue reading “Sunday 27 September”

Thursday 24 September

This blog post is late because I was in North Wales over the weekend, where I found people much more compliant than in London about wearing masks and venues much more consistent about requesting contact details for Track and Trace but the most nightmarish part of the journey was the third ‘leg’, courtesy of TransportContinue reading “Thursday 24 September”

Sunday 13 September

It seems every week packs a punch in terms of hefty and impacting news items, but this last one must be in pole position, with (quietly and predictably) Portugal once more removed from  England’s non-quarantine list, the worrying rise in new COVID cases, the lack of test availability, the limit of 6 gathering inside orContinue reading “Sunday 13 September”

Sunday 6 September

This last week has seen yet another U-turn (the PM now refusing to meet COVID 19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK), the return of Parliament from its summer recess, the return of Dominic Cummings from surgery and growing disillusionment with the government on the part of senior Tories, including Sir Charles Walker and Huw Merriman.Continue reading “Sunday 6 September”

Sunday 30 August

Apart from the latest government U-turn, this time on facemasks in schools, the key news items generating much heat and some light continue to be the return to work debate and the series of departures following the A levels debacle. There seems to be a strange belief in government that throwing other key players underContinue reading “Sunday 30 August”

Sunday 23 August

After months of other cancellations and weeks of uncertainty regarding ‘air bridges’, it was a relief and delight to finally get to Italy last week, where it’s immediately apparent how much more seriously the COVID19 risk is being taken. Mask wearing is obligatory inside various venues and on public transport, temperature ‘guns’ are in frequentContinue reading “Sunday 23 August”

Sunday 9 August

As the UK death toll reaches 46,574, this week started with no-nonsense senior scientist Sir Paul Nurse lambasting the secrecy which has dominated pandemic management: ‘Decisions are too often shrouded in secrecy. They need challenge and we need processes to ensure that happens. If they are going to keep the trust of the nation, theyContinue reading “Sunday 9 August”

Sunday 2 August

As the death toll exceeds 46,201, the real total is thought to be around 66,000, so shocking it’s almost unimaginable. Yet the government sticks firmly to its script, heavily reliant upon mantras like being ‘guided by the science’, a rather selective process, it seems. It’s interesting that, throughout, neither the government nor the media haveContinue reading “Sunday 2 August”

Sunday 26 July

With the COVID19 death toll now reaching 45,738 (which would have seemed unbelievable back in March) it’s been a busy news week, starting with the long-awaited publication of the Russia Report, described by some commentators as ‘damning’. Following the appointment of Dr Julian Lewis to the chairmanship of the Intelligence and Security Committee, the imminentContinue reading “Sunday 26 July”

Saturday 18 July

The death toll is now 45,233 and it’s been another very eventful news week. It started with the U-turn announcement (following confusion caused by ministers not singing from the same songsheet) that facemasks must be worn in shops, but oddly, not for another ten days. Various commentators have rightly said shop workers shouldn’t have toContinue reading “Saturday 18 July”